Tuesday Morning Meditation
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Today is Tuesday and as usual, our session on Morning Motivator was some guided meditation hosted by Steve Gaghagen. Today, Steve wanted to help us learn how to use meditation to rid ourselves of stress and anxious moments through breathing quietly. We were presented with a quote from Ajhan Chan which I have now stored on my computer for future reference. It went like this ..
“Do not try to become anything.
Do not make yourself into anything.
Do not be a meditator.
Do not become enlightened.
What you walk, let it be.
Grasp at nothing.
When I read through this quote, I didn’t really get much from it, but now, as I have had time to digest it and analyze it a little, I think it is beginning to make some sense to me! I’d be interested in your thoughts about it … anyway, here we are on Tuesday and already, I have been feeling stress, mostly about what I didn’t get done yesterday and then what I need to do today pilled upon it!
It was good for me to tune in to the Morning Meditator, as I always do, and realize it was Tuesday Morning Meditation day … I needed a little break and it was only 9 AM for me!
We were guided through another method of breathing by Lori Granger, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and ordained Zen lay practitioner you can find at The Center For Mindfulness.com. I followed Lori’s instructions and began this breathing exercise, listening quietly to her directions, sitting in my chair comfortably upright and with my eyes closed. As we moved along in the exercise, I became acutely relaxed and felt light and free. Ooops, where did that stress go!
As the session ended and I opened my eyes and re-entered Tuesday, I was much more prepared to move forward with my tasks and I knew that my day would be much brighter and more productive because of the way I now felt … relaxed and stress free … great stuff!
I spent 40 years of my life actively participating in a high stress business environment, without the benefit of the knowledge I am getting each Tuesday Morning from Steve and I must say, I really feel like my life process has begun to reverse the systematic symptoms I had acquired from my earlier, stress filled years and I actually feel like I am getting younger, if that makes any sense to you.
So, today will be just another GREAT DAY in my life and I will be able to move through it as I wish and accomplish my goals for the day and tonight, I expect that I will be relaxed and feeling fulfilled because it learned a little about breathing exercises to relieve stress and I will use that which I’ve learned today each time I feel the systems of stress raising their ugly heads!